San Francisco 49ers

REPORT CARD

▪ Offense: For the 10th time this season, the 49ers’ first-team offense doesn’t score a touchdown in the fourth quarter. The offense – with an assist from the special teams – allows the Giants to hang around and again relies on the defense for the victory. Grade: C-

▪ Defense: The more starters that are lost to injury, the better this unit plays. The defense comes away with five interceptions and one big goal-line stand at the end of the game. Chris Borland, Justin Smith, Chris Culliver and Aaron Lynch stand out. Grade: A

▪ Special teams: Phil Dawson hits three early field goals and Andy Lee bounces back from two subpar efforts. But the kickoff coverage struggles and fails to recover an onside kick early in the second half. Long snapper Kyle Nelson flubs a snap on a field-goal attempt in the third quarter. Grade: D

▪ Overall: No, the 49ers aren’t rolling over opponents and they’re raising the collective blood pressure of their fans. But they went 2-0 in their most difficult and critical stretch of road games and gained valuable ground on NFC rivals, including the Seahawks. Grade: A-

Matt Barrows

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